I really liked the first issues of Avengers Academy, it started off well and the second issue continues to point in that direction as well. We see how our young future Avengers react to the news that they are on the team simply because they are the biggest threat of the candidates to turn into super villains. So our premise is set-up there.
The main negative of this issue is the artwork. Some of it just seems sloppy and some of the facials and actions seem out of place or you just can’t even figure out what the hell they’re even doing. I generally thought the artwork McKone did in Issue #1 was pretty good. This issue he must have been rushed to finish things up or something because it wasn’t nearly as good as the first issue. The first issue didn’t really have much in terms of fight sequences either and that’s where he really seems to struggle.
I really thought Christos Gage continued to bring solid writing into this. He always seems to write good stories with a decent amount of action and character development. This issue really focuses on Finesse and her thoughts. We really see an interesting window open and a future subplot of Taskmaster possibly being her father. But that’s not confirmed nor hinted at.
As with most issues of Avengers: The Initiative, the newer characters are the key with the older, experienced Avengers taking mostly a backseat. Gage does a good job of using them to enhance our new recruits. Mettle is a very interesting character that I’m really starting to like. No Speedball this issue though, I expected him to be a very pivotal character.
Gage doesn’t do super complicated stories or anything groundbreaking. He just provides us with good solid comics and I think that’s why I like him so much. The only thing in this story that I didn’t care for was going back over Quicksilver’s background, but for new readers I do think it is important so I can’t really take anything away from that. In fact, I hope that garners it new readers because they find it easy enough to jump right into when so many of the comics now days make it hard for you to jump in the middle of.
Overall, a very solid 2nd issue. Nothing amazing, but a good read nonetheless. A deduction for the poor artwork in this issue though.